Roberto Mancini Italy set new 36 unbeaten record for the longest unbeaten run in international matches after they were held to a goalless draw by Switzerland in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday.
Italy have not lost any game in 36 consecutive matches, breaking the previous 35-match unbeaten run shared by both Spain and Brazil.
Brazil’s record of 35 was set between 1993 and 1996, while Spain equalled that mark in 2009.
There has been confusion on whether Italy had really set a new record or equalled the unbeaten run as Brazil claimed their unbeaten stretched to 36 matches, including a 2-2 draw with Romania’s team B in September 1995.
A match not recognised by the FIFA due to the match being against a reserve team, it is not part of Brazil’s run.
The Azzurri unbeaten record could have been more positive should Jorginho converted his penalty kick in the 52nd minute after Domenico Berardi had been fouled.
But unfortunately, the Chelsea midfielder loss yet another penalty kick saved by goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
Italy had further chances to take all three points but had to settle for a draw as they remain top of the table wit 11 points from five games, four ahead of the second-placed Swiss.
Chiellini after the game told Rai Sports: “Today we played a great match, better even than the 3-0 win against Switzerland in June (in Euro 2020 group stage), but we just could not score,”
“I liked our play a lot today. There were many positives.”
Italy coach Roberto Mancini also said: “We have had too many chances not to win this match,”
“We have to be more ruthless and precise in front of goal.”A match like this should have been a win 3-0. For sure there will be some changes in the next match.”
Italy next match comes up against Lithuania on Wednesday as they set to continue with their unbeaten run.